Scholastic bowl (1953 – current), also known as quizbowl, scholar bowl, academic bowl, academic team, and more is a quiz-based competition that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. To get in scholastic bowl, you have to tryout and get selected by the team’s coach to get in, as there are scholastic bowl teams in each school. Scholastic bowl is for high school, middle school, and elementary school students. Knowledgeable students can get on a scholastic bowl team. Participants study a variety of different topics at home and in school with their team so they can do well in competitions. To study for meets, a student in scholastic bowl, Kevin, says, “We need to study different topics to know any question they ask”.
In competitions, there are about 2-10 players, and 2 teams from different schools compete against each other. Each meet is like a game of jeopardy. Participants read questions and try to score points for their team by buzzing first and responding with the correct answer. Each question has a 30 second time limit. The materials needed for competitions are a variety of different questions of many topics and buzzers so that the students can buzz in once they know the answer to the question. Bonus questions usually have multiple parts that are related by some common thread and may or may not be related to corresponding tossup.
When I also asked Kevin why he likes Scholastic Bowl, he said, “I like that we get to work by ourselves and together”. Scholastic Bowl also requires lots of teamwork. Teamwork is sometimes part of it because during bonuses you have to work together. For example, during math bonuses, instead of everyone trying to solve all of the problems, you assign one problem to everyone so that it is easier. Also, during other types, you may all know a different answer, so you have to all talk before the 30 seconds are up. Root for your fellow Daniel Wright scholastic bowl students to help them win their meets!
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